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Lecture descriptions Baerbel K. Johnson, FEEFHS 2021

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German Internet - Some Very Useful Websites (German track)

From reference information, history, and vocabulary to lists of emigrants and parish registers online – this class demonstrates websites that can help you find your German ancestors.


Using Historical newspapers learn more about your German Ancestor (German track)

Local newspapers may include notices of births, marriages, or deaths, property sales, inventions, business licenses requested, intention to emigrate, and more. Your ancestor may be mentioned in a news article. Historical information, such as local events, grocery prices, and advertisements can help you understand your ancestor’s world and add color to your family history. This presentation will discuss how to find local and regional newspapers and give lots of examples of how they can be useful in family history research.


Strategies for solving German research problems (German track)

The lack of an exact birth place, naming practices, record limitations, and other problems often make it difficult to document a German ancestor. This class explains various research principles and strategies that can be used to locate elusive family members in German records.


Find Your German Ancestor Now! (German track)

Various Case studies demonstrate research principles and creative use of various resources, including the Internet. Learn how to find the place of origin, identify localities, and deal with possible surname changes.